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Michael John Nelson (born October 11, 1964 in St. Charles, Illinois) is an American comedian best known as the head writer of Mystery Science Theater 3000 once the show jumped from KTMA to Comedy Central. He later took over from series creator Joel Hodgson as the human host character, also named Mike Nelson.

Since the show ended, he has starred in RiffTrax alongside fellow MST3K alumni Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. He has also provided DVD commentaries for old B movies.

He is married to fellow MST3K alum Bridget Jones and is good friends with Doug TenNapel. He is also a devout Christian and politically conservative.

Destroyed a world that one time.

Tropes common Mike Nelson's works include:

  • Deadpan Snarker: Part of his bread and butter as the host of both Mystery Science Theater 3000 and RiffTrax. Interestingly, he leans somewhat more to the "Snarker" side of the trope, whereas Joel is more to the "Deadpan" side.
  • Caustic Critic: One of the trope codifiers thanks to his role on Mystery Science Theater 3000, a show revolving around people riffing on terrible movies.
  • Kubrick Stare: Mike frequently does these in MST3K as well as The Film Crew and is really terrifyingly good at them. Just watch him in "The Amazing Transparent Man" episode of MST3K as the Hillbilly Horror "Mikey"; he holds the stare without blinking for over half a minute.